RTL Today – Ice skating: Uno wins Skate Canada men’s crown as Japan claim three titles
Japan’s defending world champion Shoma Uno rallied in the free program to snatch the Skate Canada men’s crown from compatriot Kao Miura by 7.86 points on Saturday.
Uno, the 24-year-old Japanese star who holds three Olympic medals, landed five quadruple jumps, though not all of top quality, for a total of 273.15 points.
It was enough to win the gold medal at the second stage of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, where Japanese skaters also took the podium in the women’s and pairs events.
Miura, the 17-year-old Japanese national junior champion, finished second in the free skate to finish second, just as he did at Skate America last week when 17-year-old American Ilia Malinin passed him in the free skate .
Miura took silver with 265.29 and Italian Matteo Rizzo third.
Japan’s Rinka Watanabe, sixth after the short program, won the free skate to claim the women’s title after the top three in the short program struggled.
Watanabe, a 20-year-old making her Grand Prix debut, landed a triple axel and won with 197.59 points overall to 191.26 for runner-up Starr Andrews of the United States and 190.15 for the south -Korean Young You, who finished fourth in both routines. .
Watanabe was entered due to a stress fracture in his right tibia which forced Olympian Wakaba Higuchi to withdraw from the Grand Prix campaign.
Canadians Madeline Schizas and Gabrielle Daleman, who finished first and second in the short program, both fell in the final order. Schizas finished seventh overall and Daleman 10th.
World duet silver medalists Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara earned a 25.54 point win over Americans Emily Chan and Spencer Howe.
They led after the short program and won the free skate to build a total score of 212.02 – the best in the world this season.
Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirer won their third straight Skate Canada ice dance title with 215.70 points after winning both the free dance and the rhythm dance. Britons Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson finished second in both routines and overall.